At temples and other locations marked holy to a deity, you can perform pious acts (such as prayer, offerings, or participation in festivals) in an attempt to garner the favour or pardon of a deity.
Dispersed about Avalon are temples and shrines a-plenty, full of holy significance, and wherein the power of the Gods holds sway over the forces which reign outside. Temples vary in size and power, as well as in outlook and welcome all depending upon the deity whose power resides within. Almost every divinity will have at least one temple where their followers may congregate in relative sanctuary, and many have elaborate meeting halls and chambers where members of their Order may even hide from their enemies.
The most secure, private locations are those found within temples. Two or more markings from the patron deity to signify genuine holy ground and a 'feeling of privacy' visible in the verbose description (when you type LOOK) and it will be impossible for prying eyes and ears to watch without your knowledge. The 'feeling of privacy' can be engendered in locations otherwise not so protected by using the pentagram rune.
To please a divinity beyond kind words, you may chose to exhibit your satisfaction with an offering of a valuable object, or other such material concern. To achieve this, simply type OFFER <item>. You can also OFFER GOLD <amount> if you wish to lavish your patrons temple with monies. Many deities are proud to see their followers transcending the material concerns of their world, and will often grant rewards for such benevolence. Offering can be a fine method of securing the favour of useful divinities, or even pacifying one whom you have angered.
Within the temple of any of the Gods you may PRAY messages to that deity. Prayers will be received only by the deity whose power resides in that temple or shrine, making them ideal vehicles for apologies or pleas for aid. Be warned however that a prayer is taken as an exhibition of utter piety and high regard. If you have nothing fruitful to say, then you would be well advised not to waste the valuable time of an immortal.
See HELP SHRINES for info on the various holy constructions (from shrines to temples to cathedrals to monasteries) and HELP OFFERING, HELP OBEISANCE and HELP DEVOTIONS for instructions on pious activity and HELP FESTIVALS for details of the many holy festivals available to priesthood and requiring congregation to carry through.